Serving within the British army: research into mental health benefits

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/612468
Title:
Serving within the British army: research into mental health benefits
Authors:
Finnegan, Alan; Finnegan, Sara; McGee, Paula; Srinivasan, Mike; Simpson, Robin
Abstract:
The mental health (MH) of soldiers remains extremely newsworthy and is regularly featured in high profile media forums that focus on post-traumatic stress disorder. However, the authors feel that there are distinct benefits to serving within the Army, and that it provides effective occupational medical, MH and welfare support. This research study explores potential benefits and stressors of being in the Army and provides an overview of Army mental health services (AMHS) through the perspectives of AMHS personnel, 84% of which were nurses. The study indicated that the Army can provide a protective community, sharing a bond based on common values and experiences. The Army can provide soldiers with career opportunities that are not available in civilian life, and there are opportunities to develop an employment profile, enhanced by internal and external educational training, and encapsulated within a progressive career pathway. The Army can also be seen to offer an escape route, preventing soldiers entering a life of crime, and supplying the stable family these soldiers had never experienced. The provision of leadership, within an environment where soldiers are valued and stigma is not tolerated can potentially shield against MH problems.
Affiliation:
University of Chester
Citation:
Finnegan, A., Finnegan, S., McGee, P., Scrinivasan, M., & Simpson, R. (2011). Serving within the British army: research into mental health benefits. British journal of Nursing, 20(19), 1256-1261
Publisher:
Mark Allen Group
Journal:
British Journal of Nursing
Publication Date:
28-Oct-2011
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/612468
DOI:
10.12968/bjon.2011.20.19.1256
Additional Links:
http://www.magonlinelibrary.com/doi/abs/10.12968/bjon.2011.20.19.1256
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a Published Work that appeared in final form in British Journal of Nursing, copyright © MA Education, after peer review and technical editing by the publisher. To access the final edited and published work see http://www.magonlinelibrary.com/doi/abs/10.12968/bjon.2011.20.19.1256
ISSN:
0966-0461
Appears in Collections:
Health and Social Care

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorFinnegan, Alanen
dc.contributor.authorFinnegan, Saraen
dc.contributor.authorMcGee, Paulaen
dc.contributor.authorSrinivasan, Mikeen
dc.contributor.authorSimpson, Robinen
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-10T09:00:01Zen
dc.date.available2016-06-10T09:00:01Zen
dc.date.issued2011-10-28en
dc.identifier.citationFinnegan, A., Finnegan, S., McGee, P., Scrinivasan, M., & Simpson, R. (2011). Serving within the British army: research into mental health benefits. British journal of Nursing, 20(19), 1256-1261en
dc.identifier.issn0966-0461en
dc.identifier.doi10.12968/bjon.2011.20.19.1256en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/612468en
dc.descriptionThis document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a Published Work that appeared in final form in British Journal of Nursing, copyright © MA Education, after peer review and technical editing by the publisher. To access the final edited and published work see http://www.magonlinelibrary.com/doi/abs/10.12968/bjon.2011.20.19.1256en
dc.description.abstractThe mental health (MH) of soldiers remains extremely newsworthy and is regularly featured in high profile media forums that focus on post-traumatic stress disorder. However, the authors feel that there are distinct benefits to serving within the Army, and that it provides effective occupational medical, MH and welfare support. This research study explores potential benefits and stressors of being in the Army and provides an overview of Army mental health services (AMHS) through the perspectives of AMHS personnel, 84% of which were nurses. The study indicated that the Army can provide a protective community, sharing a bond based on common values and experiences. The Army can provide soldiers with career opportunities that are not available in civilian life, and there are opportunities to develop an employment profile, enhanced by internal and external educational training, and encapsulated within a progressive career pathway. The Army can also be seen to offer an escape route, preventing soldiers entering a life of crime, and supplying the stable family these soldiers had never experienced. The provision of leadership, within an environment where soldiers are valued and stigma is not tolerated can potentially shield against MH problems.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherMark Allen Groupen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.magonlinelibrary.com/doi/abs/10.12968/bjon.2011.20.19.1256en
dc.subjectDefence Nursingen
dc.subjectmental healthen
dc.subjectarmyen
dc.subjectmilitaryen
dc.titleServing within the British army: research into mental health benefitsen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalBritish Journal of Nursingen
dc.date.accepted2011-07-01en
or.grant.openaccessYesen
rioxxterms.funderUnfundeden
rioxxterms.identifier.projectUnfundeden
rioxxterms.versionAMen
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2016-06-10en
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